My Favourite Craft and DIY Books

I do love craft, don’t you? What’s better than sitting down in the afternoon and whiling away the time doing some crafty creative things? Nothing, that’s what. Nothing is better than a crafternoon!

I love finding new things to try and make and craft books are a great way to get some inspiration and ideas. I’ve got a small but steadily growing collection of craft books so I thought I would put together a list of my favourite five! Here we go!


Paper Bliss by Skye Rogers is a beautifully presented book all about paper crafts, funnily enough. Rogers also takes a strong upcycling lean, which I absolutely love. There’s a good range of activities in terms of difficulty, along with some templates and special patterned paper. I also love that you can read up on how Rogers’ passion for paper crafts started and hear what she has to say about the creative process.


Make Hey! While The Sun Shines by Pip Lincolne is a crafter’s dream. Pip’s positive energy emanates from the pages and, let me tell you, it is quite contagious! Inside this book you’ll find a wide range of crafts from knitting and sewing to crocheting and paper-based crafts. There’s also the adorable addition of a holiday reading list, a sunny music playlist, and a list of handy resources. I also love the fact that the book is spiral-bound – a simple design feature that makes it a lot easier to keep the book flat and read!


Okay, now, I’m cheating a little bit with this one because I haven’t yet read Made by Hand by Lena Corwin but I’m pretty darn confident that I’m going to adore it. Tie-dying, tea-dying, weaving, candle making, and braiding – what’s not to love? This book is so beautifully presented with such high quality photos, it’s almost worth having out as a coffee table book. But then people might steal it because of its sheer beauty. So just watch out. And select your guests carefully.


Kelly Doust’s The Crafty Minx was one of my very first craft books and what a wonderful job it did of inspiring me and giving me those excited butterflies every time I flicked through the pages, soaking up all the gorgeous imagery and great ideas. Doust also has a focus on recycling items and finding them new purposes, which often goes hand in hand with being crafty. I would definitely recommend this one as a good beginner’s – the majority of the activities would be well suited to introducing people to being crafty and the book is even divided into the seasons, which adds an extra dash of organisation.


Find & Keep by Beci Orpin is the latest addition to my craft book collection and boy, am I happy I bought it! What struck me when I was reading this book (in one sitting, I might add) was how incredibly gorgeous the images were – they alone inspired me and made me want to get crafting! I also loved hearing about Beci’s journey and certain little design jobs here and there she’s had. The personal touch is clear in this book, which adds that little something special, don’t ya think? I particularly loved Beci’s list of favourite shops – it’s always so interesting to see where the people you admire get their inspiration from.

So there you are – my five favourite craft and DIY books! These books would serve as beautiful gifts for someone who is a crafter – maybe there’s someone special you still need to get a Christmas gift for? Or maybe you just want to spoil yourself? I say do it! I use the website Booko to check out the cheapest prices for books – don’t worry, they still include physical book shops like QBD, Dymocks, and Angus & Robertson if you prefer to buy in person.

Are you a crafter? Do you have a big craft book collection? What are some of your favourites?


Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.


  1. Karen Lynch

    I have a bit of a collection, although sometimes I feel like I spend too much time looking at the gorgeous pictures rather than actually making the items in the books. I also love Paper Bliss and Pip's books. Some of my other favourites are Cath Kidston's Sew and her Patch, Creative Paper Cutting by Shufunotomo and Granny Chic by Tif Fussell & Rachelle Blondel. x


  2. birdandfox

    Haha yes, that can definitely be a bit of a trap! The photos just make me so excited and desperate to have my own studio one day. Cath Kidston is a good one too – I don't own any of her books but they do look amazing and I love her style. Granny Chic is another one on my list! I'll have to look into Creative Paper Cutting – it one sounds interesting! Thanks for the comment and the suggestions, Karen 🙂 xx


  3. Romana Toson

    Books are great resources aren't they? I have all the titles you have listed ( all faves for me too) except one, and thanks to your lovely post, I am off to get a copy of 'Paper Bliss' if I can, it looks great. I love paper craft!


  4. birdandfox

    Oh yes! Do get it, Romana! It is so, so lovely. Books are one of my favourite things ever and combining them with craft just makes them all the more awesome! I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Happy book shopping! x


  5. Laura

    What a great collection and gorgeous photos. I'm inspired to start my own collection 🙂


  6. birdandfox

    Aw thanks Laura. Yes! I very much recommend collecting craft books! It's so much fun just poring over the books with their glorious photos – I think sitting down with these kinds of books is one of my happy places. Thanks for the comment! x


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